Heather in Rome

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. - St. Augustine

Friday, August 12

ESM address and updates

The address where I will be staying is Domus Aurelia; Via Aurelia, 218; 00165 Roma. It is a hotel and the ESM participants live on the top three floors. One floor is the communial living area, another the bedrooms (we each get our own room!), and the last is the chapel. I'm not sure if the Emmanuel Community owns the whole hotel and rents rooms to visiting missionaries or if they only rent the floors we occupy.

If you want to get an idea of where it is located in relation to St. Peter's, mapquest.com will place it on a map. The hotel is pretty close to the edge of Vatican City, but on the opposite end as St. Peter's. It turns out that on Fridays, the group will be having Mass somewhere either in or near St. Peter's and then we will go out into the Square and strike up conversations with people. Every Friday walking around the Square. Amazing!

On a separate topic, my friend Monty (trumpet player from the 9 am Mass) got into the ESM too. He found out today. We're planning on flying over together, which will be nice since it's such a long flight and we have to get from the airport to the hotel by ourselves. Once I get a plane ticket, I can get started on the VISA process, which looks complicated to me. I've never needed a VISA for any of my travels and the application form is asking for information that I haven't worked out yet, like which country will I be departing from when I travel back to the US, how many entries to Italy do I want, do I have an entry permit to my final country of destination. I didn't realize I needed one with the EU set up and everything. So there are lots of small details that I have to figure out, when I would much prefer to go with the flow and have the flexibility to change my plans for next summer as the summer approaches and I can judge my income and desires. Oh well. I'm going to visit the Italian Consulate next week to ask them lots of questions about what I need before I can get a VISA.


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